Artist HOTTEA began his work with typography on fences turning an ordinary everyday object into something designers and artists use everyday- the grid. The foundation behind the work of HOTTEA is to use the existing infrastructure and create an artwork or idea that is in harmony within the given space. In addition to adapting to the physical qualities of a space or surface- the artist plays close attention to the movement and life in and around the space. For example – do people stop and socialize within a given area or is it common to continue moving? What other physical objects are around the area? Is there a river perhaps or maybe a busy street? All of these factors come into play when HOTTEA designs and activates a space or surface. When experiencing the artist work – you almost feel as if the piece was designed for you because thats exactly who he was thinking of. When the viewer has a personal connection with a piece of artwork there is a good chance it will become a lasting memory and remind that person of the space. When artwork is able to create a lasting impression even after the artwork is gone the artwork lives on forever within the subconscious of the viewer.
For past installations artist HOTTEA has asked local communities to help contribute to the install in the form of stories, background information and even help with the installation itself. This is very important to the overall concept because without the substance of local sources the installation can feel uninformed and foreign. Not only is an artwork within a space a physical experience – but one that triggers personal emotions and memories. One of the ways that this can be accomplished is by communicating and inviting people to contribute to the installation that frequent this space on a regular basis. Not only will the community feel that their voice is being heard but feel as if they are being an influence and this idea can be very, very powerful.
HOTTEA is an Emmy award winning artist having worked with clients big and small- from private home installations to entities like Google and Viacom. Over the years HOTTEA has been able to balance both corporate commissions while still keeping his roots in street art and graffiti. By continuing to do un-commissioned work on the streets non-destructively HOTTEA’s commissioned pieces have been given an edge over the rest using similar materials and techniques. By being able to research and install in everyday spaces one would not typically see art installations the artist has gained knowledge of how people interact with art on a broader scale. Some of the cities and spaces the artist has recently worked in include- the Sydney Opera House, the beach of Barcelo Resort in Mexico, the Artmossphere Biennale in Moscow, Russia, the MADE festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil and NY Fashion Week. His accomplishments range from collaborations with Sesame Street to un-commissioned interventions in Santa Monica California. HOTTEA is an artist that prides himself in the quality and concept of his artwork both on the street and in a museum.
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